Not content simply just launching an all-new EV with additional than 1,000 horsepower and anticipated EPA variety of much more than 500 miles, the mad geniuses at Lucid Motors are cooking up a new SUV, simply because of training course they are, and modern current market dictates they give a person. It can be referred to as the Lucid Gravity.
Small formal details is offered at this point over and above these two vital merchandise: Very first, the Gravity appears wider and will of course be much taller than the Lucid Air sedan, but it will sit on the similar stretched-wheelbase skateboard platform so the SUV/CUV’s length need to be shut to identical. (Maybe any person whispered in our ear that the Gravity is much less than an inch (15 mm) for a longer period than the Air—who’s to say?) 2nd, VP of Design Derek Jenkins is an off-roading enthusiast who has built a hot-rod VW-driven dune buggy, so it can be safe to presume the Gravity will have some major off-street chops.
In the cautiously lit teaser photographs Lucid produced, both of those the grille and rear close have been obscured. You can be definitely sure that the front will have the same (or damn close enough) gentle signature as the Air. When you are developing an all-new model, the autos need to have to search alike, or at least layout teams experience strongly that they do. We might guess that the Gravity’s ingestion openings up entrance will be larger sized than those on the Air, if only since you can find more mass on the snout. Also, an SUV is very likely heavier and undoubtedly blockier than a sedan, so the motors may possibly need to have more cooling to perform tougher. It also looks like the enormous piece of glass that forms both windshield and roof is carried around from the Air, whilst we be expecting, as on the Air, a metal roof will also be offered.
You also cannot see precisely what’s likely on out back, but the large clamshell opening from the Air would be a pleasant signature to undertake across the lineup, reconfigured right here from far more of a trunk lid to a hatch. Simply because the Gravity will borrow greatly from the Air, the world’s most significant taillight very likely also will make an physical appearance here—you can fundamentally see it even in the disguised images. That reported, the Gravity is envisioned to be broader than the Air, so probably the solitary-piece taillight receives even more substantial? We shall see.
Now to what we can see: Test out them chunky fenders! The Air arrives on 285-width tires, and these glance to be fatter—we’ll guess 325. As this sort of, the Gravity’s metal has swelled. It appears to be pretty rough, specially with the (possibly) plastic fender cladding. The result will make the Gravity appear more muscular than the svelte Air.
Powertrains should really be identical: dual motors great for 1,080 horsepower at start, with solitary- and tri-motor variants coming later on, all driven by a 113-kWh battery pack. Continue to, an SUV need to look more durable than a sedan. Like the Air, the Gravity really should element an air suspension, and like Assortment Rovers thus outfitted, it should use mentioned adjustable suspension to good influence away from pavement—think increased floor clearance at the touch of a button. We know Jenkins at this time owns a Selection Rover, which will work accurately that way.
A single neat touch is how the A-pillars seem to be to fall through the flat-hunting hood. It is really a awesome, utilitarian result, and it can help to spotlight a different Lucid design and style signature: the enormous aluminum roof adornment. We also seriously like how the C-pillar resolves into the human body on the Gravity, the C-pillar remaining the only real weakness of the Air’s design and style. Turns out that fastback sedans with trunks rather of hatches usually have compromised, disjointed C-pillars (hunting at you, Cadillac CT5). Right here, it appears to be like sensible and well-integrated. We are going to believe the wheels and mirrors are just principle-vehicle/prototype fluff, and lower price all those as goods that would not get to production particularly as demonstrated here. And finally, that is just a travel box on the roof, not a backup battery. No phrase on when the Gravity drops (zing!), but shade us intrigued.